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About robin_unreliant

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  1. If you don't mind me butting in I would say you are being a bit one-eyed too. Private companies do have contracts to treat NHS patients at the same cost as would be paid to an nhs provider. What they then do is set various criteria to filter out any complicated or risky patients e.g. those with co-morbidities or high BMI. In effect they cherry pick those they can do cost efficiently and leave the complicated cases to the NHS. Which undoubtedly makes them look efficient but is misleading.
  2. Can't see Liverpool being happy to scrap this season. Personally I would re-start whenever it is safe. If that turns out to be October then condense next season, scrap cup competitions, only play eact team once etc. At least all that can be agreed in advance and everyone will know the rules at the outset.
  3. Absolutely but mums, dads and grandparents are always dying. Judgements about whether to spend money keeping them alive are taken every day. It's what the NHS has to do as the govt limits its resource so decisions have to be made. We restrict some treatments so money is targeted to best effect but don't think that people aren't left to die routinely because it costs too much to extend their life. Working out how to deliver the best population health outcome from a set budget happens all the time. I just suspect what's happening now is totally out of step with the way this country has done it for many decades. If this is now the right way to do it let's remember that when it's over and we can't afford to finance the nhs again as the public finances have collapsed.
  4. That was the kind of reaction I expected tbh. That isn't what I'm saying. Where is the shock and outrage for the 600,000 loved ones who die every year is the point. Why isn't there massive pressure to spend whatever it takes to save them when there isn't a pandemic. Why has everyone been happy to sit back and allow the govt to decide not to spend more on healthcare in the past when that is condemning people to die early? The reaction to this is at odds with how we normally decide spending on healthcate is all I'm saying.
  5. The BBC online had a story recently around a prediction that 60% may be infected and 0.5% fatalties. That could be 200,00 of which the majority will be older people with other conditions. These are people they stated who could quite possibly have died in the next year or two anyway. 600,000 die in the uk annually in a typical year. All those stats make me wonder if trashing the economy is really the logical response. When NICE look at recommending a new treatment on the NHS they look at the cost compared to the benefit i. e. how many years of qualty life is delivered by spending £X. Why is that logic, which has contributed to controlling healthcare spending for many years, suddenly being abandoned? If this new logic, in terms of what we are prepared to spend to save lives, carries on once this is over we will probably need to quadruple the nhs budget! To me it feels as if all the normal logic around what we should spend on healthcare has been turned on its head in a mass panic. It felt like our govt was reacting quite logically initially, accepting that it is inevitable that the majority of people will eventually get it, whatever. However as other countries lockdown they couldn't politically resist the pressure to follow suit. If 200,000 end up dying anyway and on top of that a million jobs are lost and the national debt rockets then will we look back and think the govt did a good job in this crisis? On the other hand if, by some miracle, there are only 20,000 more deaths than usual will we be prepared to carry on spending at this same rate on the nhs budget to deliver the same kind of reduction in the normal death rate. I'm sure if we doubled the spend we could buy an extra year or two, on average, for those 600k dying every year. I doubt it - which suggests to me we have ditched the logic we use in normal times and are just reacting to mass panic.
  6. Lucky you. I drove home from Newton Abbot to Cullompton to find the M5 closed at J28 due to a 'police incident'.
  7. It's not just the virus, it's closing down any establishment where a positive case appears. I work in an nhs call centre. If we get a case we will all be ordered to self isolate/work from home and the place will close down. We don't have the technology to run the system by remote working. So one case would basically shut us down, force us to work in a different, less efficient way, causing a fair bit of chaos for the local nhs.
  8. Well 3-5-2 only lasted half a game the last time he tried it. So I'm not sure if that is his masterplan. We seem to have a surplus of CBs and two FBs who play well as wingbacks. Plus a mix of CMs who you would imagine suit a 3 rather than 2. Wells is a reasonable swap for Afobe's role. If we can't make it work with this squad then it's hard to see how LJ could be aiming towards it for next season.
  9. I only watched on TV but the number of times he lost the ball was winding me right up. I think he has ability but too often got eased off the ball yesterday. Either that or he took too long deciding what to do and got caught on the ball and lost it.
  10. We've lost the ball way too often in the midfield battle.
  11. Their turn to be occupants of the naughty step clearly.
  12. No chance he will go tonight even if we get stuffed and are poor again. I agree about COD though.
  13. It's been like this ever since LJ took over. I guess his coaching team think this is the best tactic. I remember 3 seasons ago watching us sit narrow and allow cross after cross to come in. Meanwhile getting shut down at the other end and struggling to get a cross in ourselves. It struck me as odd then but I've got used to it being our 'identity' now.
  14. HNM wasn't in the squad so he'll be straight back in the side too.
  15. We could very easily lose our next 3 as they are all tough games. At that point would anyone seriously still belive LJ can take us up? We're now at 3 and I am fearing the worst due to past experiences. These losing streaks just won't go away.
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